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In secondaries, should I/how do I say that a manuscript has been submitted to a journal?

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So I'm pre-writing secondaries. Should I mention that I'm third author on a manuscript that has been submitted to a journal? Or do they only care about papers that have already been published?
Keep in mind that sometimes it takes several submissions to find a journal that will accept your manuscript. Sometimes a journal requires major revisions. Sometimes the PI decides not to invest the time it would take to do those revisions. Sometimes no one wants to publish it. That's why only accepted papers are those that adcomms "care about."
 
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Frankly I say you dont. It should have been mentioned as part of the W&A on primary AMCAS. Most secondaries have no place to mention this. Besides the 2015 AAMC surveys on medical schools shows that publications / posters / presentations are of the lowest importance when considering applicants. And very few adcoms will really care what number author you are

https://www.aamc.org/system/files/c/2/462316-mcatguide.pdf#page=21
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Keep in mind that sometimes it takes several submissions to find a journal that will accept your manuscript. Sometimes a journal requires major revisions. Sometimes the PI decides not to invest the time it would take to do those revisions. Sometimes no one wants to publish it. That's why only accepted papers are those that adcomms "care about."

This, so much. The sheer naïveté of students thinking that every manuscript they submit will surely and quickly be published gets me.
 
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This, so much. The sheer naïveté of students thinking that every manuscript they submit will surely and quickly be published gets me.

Thank you for your input. Yes, this was another reason that I was not sure to include the manuscript submission, since my PI did have to make some big revisions in order for our first paper to be accepted to a journal.
 
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